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Are you addicted to fast food ?


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For the last 10 years, I have been addicted to fast food.  The addiction makes me so sad.  I feel it is a addiction compared to prescription or alcoholics addiction.   Does anyone else out there fight this demon,  and if so what helps you fight not caving in?  I would love support or to hear peoples stories how fast food has effected your life (if it has at all)  The longest I have gone is 2 weeks.  then I rationalize my way through the drive thru.  I am really hard on myself when this happens. 

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I'm with ya! I'm addicted to fast food. It's like when ive had a bad day, or when im in a hurry, I want fast food. If I'm stressed out, somehow i think it will make everything better. Or even if im in a good mood i want to eat it because it will make me happier. I know it's pathetic. I crave it all of the time. I've got to stop. 

I think it's partly because i can't cook worth a crap.

The only thing that helps me is going to the gym, and after all the hard work i dont want to eat it, because the whole rest of the week would have been wasted.

I hate that im addicted to it... I will defeat it some day.

thats been my problem for a long time as well.. thats the hardest food to stay away from, for me anyway- when dieting- most people say sweets.. not me.. for me, a double cheeseburger from mcdonalds is far more tempting than a brownie or piece of cake anyday.

Well I guess I'd say I'm addicted.  The longest I've probably gone is about 2 weeks too.  It's not that I need it, its just so comfortable and convenient to eat that versus going to the grocery store, or stopping at home to cook.  It also tastes REALLY damn good. 

To cope, hmm well it always helps me to look up the nutritional information of what I just ate on their websites.  It just makes me realize all the crap I put into my body that could've been prevented if I would've thought about it a little longer. 

It's a really difficult thing honestly.  I'm really tryiing though, and I'm definitely doing better ever since I realized how much fat/calories are in the things that fast food restaurants serve.  On a better note, chick fil-a is a better option than most fast food places.  Almost all of their items have 500 calories or less. 

As long as you are careful fast food (although it is usually really fatty) calories are the same as other calories. Last year I brought my husband lunch at work and he always wanted McDonalds so I would just get a cheeseburger happy meal which is aproximately 500 cals. Even though I ate fast food frequently I still lost weight because at the end of the day I had a calorie deficit. So don't despair too much just try to make the smartest choice on the menu.

thank God I moved to a new town and the closest Sonic is atleast 15-20 minutes away.  I love Reese's blasts way too much!!! Same with Wendy's...I don't know where the closest one to me is...and I don't want to find out.

I hear ya!  I've been eating fast food almost everyday for 6 years!  I can't even say that without feeling sorry for my body, and what is to come for myself and my husband for doing that.  I've managed to get myself off the "craving train" when it comes to fast food, by remembering how horrible I felt the last time I had the food, and how much better I feel now when I eat healthy foods.  That and the obsession with calorie counting and exercise takes over. Laughing  I do allow myself at least one meal out for now, but I can tell that I am going to be able to stop that soon.  It’s just not as hard as it was.  I also look for great alternatives to the foods at the grocery store.  Turkey burgers instead of McDonalds, etc.  I hope you win your battle, because I do agree, it's like a drug addiction.

 

 

Agreed times a million. There was a point in time where I could have eaten fast food ten times a day. If it had no calories (or even a reasonable number of calories) I could still do it.

What I've started to find is that it doesn't make me feel better or happier. It doesn't fill me up the way a healthy meal would. I feel cranky, guilty, hungry...Just plain unsatisfied afterwards. It doesn't really seem worth it anymore- and if you knew me, you would honestly be suprised by my saying that. Don't forget that you can have everything in moderation- I have a hamburger and fries once a month and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have one slice of veggie pizza once a week, and it tastes so much better than it used to when I ate it every day. Seriously.

If you're really having trouble, you should look up a thread in the lounge- it's called something like "Reasons not to eat fast food" and it talks about gross things people have seen happen in fast food restaurants. Grossed me out so bad I can't even think of going to McD's right now.

I used to be addicted to fast food. I HAD to have Pizza Hut every Friday and I ate Wendy's for lunch every day in high school. Looking back, I'm disgusted but at the time, it tasted SO good. At some point, I managed to cut down on my intake to once a week or less but at the same time, I had started exercising and I didn't want to sabotage my efforts by pigging out all the time. However, I still craved it every so often. It wasn't until I read the book Fast Food Nation that I completely stopped eating it. This book was life changing to me, as far as food is concerned.

Fast food is not food; it's a "food product". Just think long and hard about what's really in that food. That's all it took for me to start chosing quality over quantity.

i was totallllly addicted to fast food like 6 months ago, i seriously would go to mcdonalds like 4 times a week and get ten chicken nuggets a large fry and a large coke, or i would go to burger king and get like 16 chicken nuggets and ranch..those were my places and my orders..i dont go to those places anymore, but if i went there now if i had no choice and had to go there i would get a happy meal or something..i agree with Linz8777, you can eat it from time to time, just pick the healthiest thing on the menue which is hard sometimes, just thinking about eatting these things before i would want them so much! but now i dont crave them at all =)

gross fact, i watched supersize me in school like 2nd period, it didnt gross me out it made me want it, so my friends and i went to mcyds for lunch that day, how does supersize me make u want to eat that food, it should make u all grossed out by it..not me apparently..

 

oh and! i was sooo addicted to pizza, i would go get 2 slices of pizza and a pop every day on lunch for like 2 weeks straight..and eat like half a large pizza and not be full....now i never eat pizza the closest i get is a pepperoni lean pocket haha

 

Original Post by starrkate:

Agreed times a million. There was a point in time where I could have eaten fast food ten times a day. If it had no calories (or even a reasonable number of calories) I could still do it.

What I've started to find is that it doesn't make me feel better or happier. It doesn't fill me up the way a healthy meal would. I feel cranky, guilty, hungry...Just plain unsatisfied afterwards. It doesn't really seem worth it anymore- and if you knew me, you would honestly be suprised by my saying that. Don't forget that you can have everything in moderation- I have a hamburger and fries once a month and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have one slice of veggie pizza once a week, and it tastes so much better than it used to when I ate it every day. Seriously.

If you're really having trouble, you should look up a thread in the lounge- it's called something like "Reasons not to eat fast food" and it talks about gross things people have seen happen in fast food restaurants. Grossed me out so bad I can't even think of going to McD's right now.

 You know what.. i didnt realize it until after i watched that documentary- Supersize Me-but the guy was right.. he would feel sick, and or depressed after going there.. i have felt that way too.. its a terrible addiction, i could get fast food and be filled up, but it was alot of fatty kind of stuff, and not to mention its costly too.. so i have been trying to keep eating out at all to a minimum

I think it's easy to say "I'm addicted to junk food" or "I'm a binge eater", because it makes it sound like a disease, something that you can't control.

You're the only one who controls what you put in your mouth, and if you're getting fat or sick because you're eating too much crap, well get some willpower and STOP doing it. Don't wait for a prescription drug that will promise you won't want junk food anymore if you take it.

I have nothing against occasional fast food, and if you don't go overboard with the calories it might not do you too much harm, but don't expect fast food calories to fuel your body the same way as healthy, whole food calories.

You should see the movie Supersize Me, and see it again.

Original Post by miliejolie:

I think it's easy to say "I'm addicted to junk food" or "I'm a binge eater", because it makes it sound like a disease, something that you can't control.

You're the only one who controls what you put in your mouth, and if you're getting fat or sick because you're eating too much crap, well get some willpower and STOP doing it. Don't wait for a prescription drug that will promise you won't want junk food anymore if you take it.

I agree somewhat but fast food companies make the money they do because they know exactly how to target their consumers to make them want MORE. They've manufactured their product so well that you equate positive feelings with McDonalds and the familiar taste becomes more important than what you're actually injesting. They touch on the marketing aspect in Supersize Me but (once again) I'd suggest reading Fast Food Nation for more of a perspective on just how ruthless fast food giants are. 

who in the heck said I was waiting for a magic pill?   wow,  I didn't say I can't control it.  I said I battle with the addiction of craving it.   O and let me tell you that it isn't easy to admit that I am addicted to it.   It's called being honest and real.  I hope you do not live in a glass house.  Your response was wow,  try getting up on the other side of the bed . 

I agree, luvnhawks. The same could be said of drug addicts - just use some willpower! It's not that easy for most people, that's why it's an addiction. Really, addictions come in all forms.

Anyway, I understand the fast food addiction. I cook well, and there are still some times when I crave fast food, and not just for the convenience. I've made healthier alternatives to fast food, but they just won't do for the cravings. Coming off of a period when I had fast food every day for lunch, I'm still finding myself craving it at least once a week.

The way I deal with it isn't exactly voluntary - my budget's too tight to keep giving them $5-$10 a day. I also find it's easy to not cave in if I eat something, even if it's not fast food. The craving will still be there, but at least I won't be hungry AND craving.

I think one of the biggest problems with fast food is portion sizes. I really think that my McMeal is the proper portion for one meal, but it's not. Yesterday, I ate half of a fast food sandwich and half the fries, then realized that I was really full. The hard part was throwing the rest away, but I did end up throwing the fries away and saving the rest of the sandwich for dinner.

For me, if I eat it once, I crave it for about a month.  I just have to force myself to stay away now.  I used to pick up a McDonald's cheeseburger for a snack after work, then go home and have dinner.  Ugh.  Don't get me wrong, I still crave the taste, but I know that "once" will turn into "often".

meima  your right,  once does turn into many. If you stay away it does become easier.  I could relate to so many of your guys responses to this fast food thing.

**** off nob head

I had my first McDonald's cheeseburger today since Christmas.  Wow, it tasted sooo goood...I actually had two :).  But I'm still within my calorie count for the day.  I used to eat them all the time.  The motivation isn't gone though...I have lost 25 lbs since Christmas mostly by eating Healthier and working out...it just feels good to be able to say that I'm finally losing the fast food weight i've been putting on for the last 10 years.  No way do I want to go back to the way I was.  But like other treats, it's okay to have once in awhile.

For about 6 months prior to joing CC in late October, I ate either breakfast or lunch at Burger King at least 4 times a week.  I LOVE that ****!!  I totally miss it, but since joining CC, I've only eaten there once.  Thank the gods there are no In-n-Outs in Salt Lake. 

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when i was younger i liked to eat it, but now my stomach cant take it thankfully. The only thing thats good about fast food is that its fast. If you do a little research and read about all the disgusting preservatives, hormones, chemicals..not to mention the amount of lard you're ingesting it might sway your craving. Instead of eating fastfood make a turkey burger! they're yummy and in the long run it will save you money, fast food is not as cheap as it once was. I think the saying You are what you eat definitely applies to this...if you eat junk you'll feel like junk, and you can't rationalize good health.

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